Optimal Perioperative Care of the Geriatric Patient

American College of Surgeons

This best practices document provides guidance on managing the older adult in the perioperative period. It is organized into sections corresponding to the immediate preoperative period, the intraoperative period, and the postoperative period. This document is designed to help clinicians, it is not a substitute for clinical judgment and experience.

These consensus based recommendations have been developed by the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) and the American Geriatrics Society’s (AGS) Geriatrics for Specialists Initiative, with support from the John A. Hartford Foundation.